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An Analytical And Experienced Attorney To Resolve Your Divorce Concerns

The dissolution of a marriage involves crucial decisions about the welfare of your children and the equitable division of your assets. At Leigh K. Galyon, APC, we have more than 25 years of experience helping clients through divorce in San Diego, California, especially adversarial divorces.

From mediation to litigation, we can advocate for your best interests as you settle your divorce. Our firm handles all aspects of a divorce case to develop the best possible solutions regarding:

If you have complex financial issues in divorce or face a high net worth divorce, you can trust us to provide the guidance you need to protect your interests best.

Getting A Divorce In California

To file for divorce in California, either spouse must be a resident of the state for at least six months or 180 days. They must also live in the county where they file the divorce petition for at least three months prior to filing. Note that California is a no-fault divorce state, which means the spouses only need to cite “irreconcilable differences” as the cause of the breakdown of their marriage, rather than a fault ground, such as adultery.

A typical divorce process involves the following steps:

  1. One spouse files a divorce petition and serves it on the other spouse (the respondent).
  2. The respondent has 30 days to file a response to the petition.
  3. One of the spouses may request temporary court orders by filing for an order to show cause hearing, where the judge will issue temporary child custody, support and restraining orders.
  4. The spouses will engage in discovery, where they exchange information and documents relevant to the divorce. One of the required aspects of discovery is the preliminary declaration of disclosure, where each spouse lists their community and separate property. The parties are also required to exchange income and expense declarations.
  5. After discovery, the spouses and their attorneys will discuss a settlement, which may take the form of a marital settlement agreement, mediation or, if the parties are unable to agree on all the issues in the case, trial.
  6. After the parties sign the Marital Settlement Agreement or the trial has concluded, one of the attorneys will prepare a Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage, and the court will mail a notice of entry of Judgment to each attorney.

Some common issues involved in a divorce negotiation, especially in a high-conflict divorce, are child custody disputes, child support orders, alimony orders and division of assets. A Marital Settlement Agreement (or trial) will decide these matters between divorcing spouses.

Resolving Disputes Through Mediation

One way to settle a divorce is through mediation. Mediation provides spouses the opportunity to negotiate a divorce settlement in a structured setting through a trained third-party mediator. The mediation process fosters cooperation between partners and removes the unpredictability and uncertainty associated with litigation, as it will allow both spouses to negotiate their divorce issues openly with each other without the stress and publicity of a courtroom.

Mediation often reduces the time and costs of divorce and, more importantly, puts the decisions in the spouses’ hands. Rather than defaulting to a judge’s decision, spouses in mediation can make their own decisions for their and their family’s future. Our experienced negotiators at Leigh K. Galyon, APC, can help obtain an equitable divorce settlement, including a fair child support agreement and a healthy child custody arrangement.

Taking The Divorce To Court With A Skilled Attorney

While mediation is a favorable option for cooperative spouses, sometimes litigation is necessary to reach a just and equitable resolution. Through tactical trial strategies and a professional courtroom presence, our skilled litigators at Leigh K. Galyon, APC successfully represent clients throughout the adversarial litigation process. Our knowledge and experience allow us to intentionally take on high-conflict divorce cases.

Divorce litigation can be overwhelming and stressful, but an experienced lawyer can make the process easier with informed negotiation and litigation skills. Our firm is prepared to handle the complex aspects of divorce methodically to obtain the most favorable trial outcome.

Contact Us For The Divorce Guidance You Need

If you are ready to take the next step toward your new future, contact our San Diego office today. Schedule an initial consultation with Leigh K. Galyon, APC online or by calling 619-573-6125.